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Panini’s Prime Hockey will have extra treat
Posted May 22, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated May 22, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Panini America provided a tease to its upcoming 2012-13 Prime Hockey set, and if the packs seem a little bit heavier this year, there’s a good reason.
The set will be released in late August, and every five-card pack will contain a two-card Dominion pack. So, hockey fans will get a pack within a pack. And the breakdown sounds pretty special.
Here is the breakdown Panini gave for a typical pack of 2012-13 Prime Hockey: one Prime base card; one Prime Rookie autograph quad memorabilia jersey; one autograph card; one memorabilia card; one additional autograph, memorabilia or low-numbered parallel card; one Dominion base card; and one Dominion autograph patch card, memorabilia card or Engravatures insert.
Last year’s debut set was received well, but it looks like Panini upped the ante with more cards.
Prime Hockey will contain game-worn glove and skate memorabilia cards, and there will be large 1/1 versions of each. One example Panini sent, featured in this blog, is a skate memorabilia card of Lightning star Steven Stamkos.
Prime Ties and Prime Colors will return for a second year. Prime Colors cards contain huge, colorful patches. Prime Rookies quad memorabilia autograph cards will contain four generous swatches of gaem-used material, plus a player’s signature. There are jumbo patch and 1/1 NHL shield variations, too.
If you like autographs, there also is the possibility of pulling Prime, Dual and Triple signature cards. One prototype Panini sent of a Triple signature card would make any hockey fan drool: Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Gordie Howe. It’s a gorgeous looking card.
Those collectors who open the bonus pack of Dominion cards have the chance to pull Rookie Autograph patch cards, Engravatures and Peerless Patches.
There appears to be some good upside to the Prime Hockey set; when the set hits hobby shops, we will find out for sure.